Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)

Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) (13973 bytes)       

Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is a shrub that grows 10 to 15' high with a comparable spread. It usually grows in colonies, as it suckers and develops in all directions from the mother plant, and prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Smooth sumac tolertes drought and its low water needs make it a good xeriscape plant.

foliage (6488 bytes) The foliage is medium to dark green in summer.. .
fall foliage (7443 bytes) ...changing to excellent yellow to orange-red-purple combinations in fall.
fruit (3477 bytes) Fruit consists of a scarlet, hairy drupe which persists late into winter.
bark (6112 bytes) Bark is grey-brown and smooth with lenticils.

  Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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